Denturist Education and Career Overview

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Denturists are formally trained and licensed members of the dental team of professionals. They specialize in the fitting, the construction and the delivery of removable prosthodontics — also known as dentures — in a non-surgical manner directly to the patient.

Denturists also have a few other common responsibilities, including the repair of broken dentures and the relining of poorly fit and loose dentures, both complete and partial.

Education and Licensing

Obtaining the distinction of a denturist typically requires two to three years of training from an accredited denturist technology program. On-the-job training is also often a requirement in order to complete and graduate from the program. Denturists are required to obtain the proper license as required by the state or province in which they decide to practice. The individual requirements differ from state-to-state and province-to-province. Thus, the exact requirements of becoming a denturist depend on the state in which you live.

Duties of a Denturist 

A denturist's main goal is to provide the patient with esthetically pleasing, comfortable dentures to replace missing teeth. In order to do this properly, a denturist is trained to:

  • Collect medical history information from the patient in order to identify any potential problems or contradictions to having dentures
  • Perform a visual examination of the patient's mouth, teeth, and facial structure
  • Take impressions that are used to construct, reline, and repair dentures
  • Fabricate complete upper and lower immediate, conventional, and in some cases, overdentures. Partial dentures are also fabricated by denturists
  • Insert the denture into the patient's mouth and make adjustments to improve the comfort of the denture for the patient 
  • Hire and supervise dental personnel, such as a dental assistant and a dental administrator, to perform allowable clinical duties assigned to the specific discipline and manage the administrative duties for the office.

A Rewarding Career

Renewing the self-esteem of patients with missing teeth or other dental issues by providing them with esthetically pleasing complete or partial dentures is, by far, the most universally rewarding aspect of a denturist's career. People tend to be self-conscious about their teeth, as they are hard to hide, being directly in the center of the face. Thus, having attractive dentures installed as an alternative can be a big confidence booster.

Beyond that, denturists typically enjoy the freedom of owning their own business, running their own practice, or practicing alongside a dentist in a general dental practice.

If your situation would improve by a visit to the denturist, contact one in your area for an appointment for a consultation to discuss the available options for you.

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